Origin and Description

Herald Hops is a relatively new dwarf variety bred at Wye College in England. Herald was one of the first dwarf varieties introduced into this wonderful world of brewing and was registered in 1996. That's innovation. This variety is a sister of Pioneer, and Pilgrim hops, which all came from the same era of the program.

Herald Hops is a dual use hops that is appropriate for anytime throughout the brewing process. With an alpha acid rating at 11.9%-12.8%, Herald is known for its clean, strong bitterness in beer. At the same time one of the notable characters is the citrus bouquet, with notes of orange and grapefruit. This aroma comes from the high composition of myrcene oil. This variety has relatively high co-humulone, which some brewers shy away from.

As with Herald Hops, most dwarf varieties do not compete with some other varieties on the yield throughout a season. Herald Hops yields between 1200-1250 lbs/acre. The large size compact cones are ready for harvest early in the season. One of the assets of Herald Hops is its tolerance to Verticillium Wilt, Powdery Mildew, as well as Downy Mildew.

Herald Hops Usage

Herald hops has aromatic and bittering qualities.
Herald hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.

Herald Hops Characteristics

Below is a list of characteristics for herald hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.

Herald Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 11.9%-12.8%Herald Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 11.9 To 12.8 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 4.8%-5.5%Herald Hops Beta Acid Composition - 4.8 To 5.5 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 35%-37%Herald Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 35 To 37 Percent

Herald Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Herald Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Herald Hops
Herald Cone SizeLargeHerald Hop - Large Cone Size
Herald Cone DensityModerate to CompactHerald Hops - Moderate to Compact Cone Density

Herald Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityEarly SeasonHerald Hops - Early Season Maturity
YieldYield for Herald Hops is Low at 1200 - 1250 kg/hectare
Herald Hops - Low Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate
Herald Hops - Moderate Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests
Resistent To:
Verticillium Wilt,Powdery Mildew,Downy Mildew,
Herald Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate to Excellent
StorabilityHerald Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CHerald Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodHerald Hops - Good Pickability

Herald Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1-1.9 mls/100 gramsHerald Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1-1.9 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition40%-40%Herald Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 40-40 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition15%-15%Herald Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 15-15 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition7%-7%Herald Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 7-7 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Herald Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Herald Hops Substitutes

PioneerPioneer Hops was bred at Wye College in Kent, England. This is another variety from the college with dwarf qualities, although Pioneer sits somewhere in the mi...

Common Beer Styles for Herald Hops

    Beer Style
    Pale Ale
    Golden Ale
    Dark Ale
    Strong Bitter

    Herald Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Kelham Island Brewery
    Vanilla Sky
    The Durham Brewery
    White Herald
    Holden Brewery
    Burton Runner
    The Grand Union Brewery
    One Hop Series